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Man rescued after 2 days trapped inside giant fan in California Vineyard

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities rescued a man who said he was trapped for two days inside a large fan at a vineyard in northern California.

The man was discovered Tuesday by an assistant responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near the cellar in Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The deputy saw a hat on farm equipment and then found the man trapped in the handle of a vine blower. The firefighters rescued him.

“The man said he enjoyed taking pictures of engines on old farm equipment,” the statement said. “After a thorough investigation, which revealed that farm equipment was not antique and that humans had far more meth than photographic equipment, the motivation to climb the fan shaft remains a total mystery.”

The 38-year-old needed medical treatment but is expected to make a full recovery, the office said.

The man will be charged with trespassing and drug possession, as well as violations of a probation case, the statement said.

Vineyard fans are used to circulate air through the vines to prevent the grapes from freezing during the colder months.


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